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April 5, 2018

ArtsFest 2018 Is Almost Here

We are soooo looking forward to ArtsFest (and so is the Colonial newspaper. Click here to check out the article). Join us for an afternoon of inspiring artists, valiant violinists (all Second and Third Graders!), satisfying singers, and much more!

When: Saturday, April 14  3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: PMFS Lower Campus — the Art Studio, the Steinbright Multipurpose Building, and the outdoors (weather permitting)
Who: you and your family and friends
Why: because it’s gonna be a great celebration

What should you do if your child wants to perform at the musical portion? Sign up here; John B and Marcus will be in touch with timing details.

Color Day in One Week

We’re gearing up for our second Color Day next Thursday, April 12. Nurtured by specials and admin, students will spend the day in cross-grade color “pods” led by Fifth and Sixth Grade students. This day allow students to explore a theme through contemplation, reading, an assembly, … and a lot of hands-on fun. This April, students will survey the Quaker testimony of Community (Friends use the acronym S.P.I.C.E.S. to refer to the testimonies. Do you know what the acronym stands for? If not, click here for a quick tutorial). Throughout the day, students will be invited to consider:

  • How do we build and maintain community?
  • What are the gifts of our community?
  • What is my role in community?
  • What communities am I a part of?

How will this affect you and your child?

  • Students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade should go directly to the Steinbright Gym upon arrival. (Staff will be around to guide them there if you or they forget.)
  • Butterflies should begin the day in their classroom in Journey’s End, and will join their pods for part of the day’s activities most appropriate for them.
  • Caterpillars will remain in the Little House for the day.
  • Dismissal for our Early Childhood students- Caterpillars and Butterflies- and for our Kindergartners will be at their normal locations, in Journey’s End and Little House.
  • Dismissal for First through Sixth Graders will be on the blacktop (no pick up at Emerson) at 3:00 pm.
  • Snack for Butterflies, Kindergarten, and First through Sixth Grades will be provided by the school! Students will not have access to their backpacks and lunchboxes at snack time.
  • Lunch: if your child participates in the food program on Thursdays, the food will be delivered as usual.

Please remind your student of these adjustments for the day. We thank you in advance for helping us with these logistics so that we can focus on making this day a success for the students.

Learning about Refugees Developing into Action

On Wednesday, PMFS Second Graders and their Fourth Grade buddies got a visit from Lily’s uncle! Doug Herman has dedicated a great deal of time to working with refugees in various ways and shared his work with the 1976km project, an organization started by Sonia Nandzik and Doug which helps refugees tell their stories through video and photography. Students heard about some of Doug’s travels and experiences in refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece.

They then explored on iPads and Chromebooks, searching the photos for images that they found interesting, wondering what the people in the photograph may be feeling, where they came from, and what story the photo was telling. Each group selected one photo and learned the story behind those images from Doug. Our heartfelt thanks to Doug for spending this time with our students.

The classes will follow up with a plan for action this week and hope to write letters to refugees to let them know, in the words of 4th Grader Nate, that “they are seen.”

Urgent Request from Second Grade

Blankets & Bucks

Second Graders are collecting blankets for Narenj Tree, an organization in Norristown which focuses on aid to displaced Syrian citizens. We will have our broader annual collection for Narenj Tree in May. But there is an urgent need for items to give warmth to the Syrians fleeing the recent violence in Ghouta, as well as money to expedite shipping.

Please consider donating a clean, gently-used or new blanket(s) along with $5.  Since this is an urgent need, we will only be collecting blankets and bucks through next Friday, April 13.

Send your donations in with your child, deliver to the Second Grade classroom in the Emerson building in the morning or to the office during the day, or bring during conference days next week.

Thank you for helping us to help others!
Second Grade at PMFS

Letter from Sarah

Faculty News

I wanted to let you know that Kelley Lishon’s last day at PMFS was March 28. Over the past two and a half years as Director of Communications, Marketing, & Outreach, Kelley brought our communications materials to a new level of professionalism and design. She led our community through an inclusive process to redesign the school logo and led the process of creating our new website. As an administrator, Kelley was often first to volunteer to help in whatever way was needed. I thank Kelley for her service to the school and wish her all the best.

I am thankful to our administrators for assuming various communications responsibilities for the reminder of the year. For example, Joyce is returning to creation of the weekly Virtual Red Folder and Lynn is increasing her writing for PMFS to create and share press releases, articles, social media posts, and more. I will oversee these efforts to align them with our ongoing communication goals.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


Parent Coffee: Discover Grades 4-6

This Friday 4/6, 8:00 – 9:15 am
Corson Lobby

Come to Corson Lobby to learn about the multi-faceted curriculum in Fourth through Sixth Grades, all while you connect with parents and sip a hot drink! All are welcome. Please join us.

New Date for Grandparents and Special Friends Day– Friday, April 20

We trust it will really be spring weather by Friday, April 20! Please use the handy-dandy google form to let us know about your plans for this morning event. The schedule remains the same as for our snowed-out date, expect that we will have a full day of school, with students returning to their classrooms at the conclusion of the event:

All Visitors

8:30 am Registration and Coffee, Welcome and Brief Presentation
Steinbright Building on the Lower Campus
9:00 am Classroom Visits
Visitors who are visiting more than one child will be prompted to change classrooms at 9:45 am.
10:30 am Morning Recess

Kindergarten – Sixth Grandparents/Special Friends

10:45 am Meeting for Worship
Students, teachers, staff, grandparents and special friends gather in the Meeting House.
11:15 am Program Concludes
Children return to their classrooms with their teachers.

Early Childhood Grandparents/Special Friends

11:00 am Recess ends; Program Concludes
Children return to their classrooms with their teachers.

Contact Ralph with any questions!

Open House

Tuesday, April 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am

YOU and your child’s Plymouth experience are our strongest and best advertisement! Invite your friends, share our Facebook event, and/or come join us and see what lies ahead for your child at PMFS.

Got a Yard? How About a Yard Sign?

Help us get the word out about our April Open House. Pick up a yard sign at the Gym Entrance or in the Main Office. Please and thank you!

Extended Day Classes Beginning

ExDay classes will be up and running next week (4/9-4/13). Here’s a quick breakdown of the schedule:
  • Monday Needle & Thread, with Barbara
  • Wednesday Sound Scapes, with Kelly and John B
  • Thursday Clayworks, with Gillian
  • Thursday– Ultimate Frisbee, with Leann and Will

Vacation Care Sign-Up for April 13

We will learn about the history of paper and try our hand at making paper ourselves!  The day will also include plenty of time outside and in the gym. Please sign up before 4/10 to take advantage of early registration fees. Sign up using this google form and drop payment off at the Main Office.

Last Call! Yearbook Ads/Messages

Thank you for all the beautiful and celebratory yearbook messages that have come in!
If the post-snowy-spring-break deadline drifted past you, and you would like to include a message for your child, please send your message and payment to Kelly in the Main Office.  More info can be found on the Yearbook Order Form below or by contacting Kelly.  Messages need to be received by Friday, April 13 to be included in the yearbook! “‹Order Form 2018 Yearbook Messages

Update on Head of School Search

Dear Friends,
After careful consideration, School Committee has engaged Clay Stites of RG175 to be our Search Committee consultant.  Please join me in welcoming Clay into our community.  Clay is a founding partner of RG175 and comes to us highly recommended having served as search consultant for over 100 Head of School searches.  He has a longtime connection to Quakerism and Friends Education and is enthusiastic about assisting PMFS in identifying our next Head of School.  If you are interested, I invite you to visit the RG175 website at
Clay will be on Campus Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19. The schedule is yet to be finalized; however, there will be ample opportunities for Clay to interact with the community as he begins his work.  While on campus, he will be meeting faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, and others.  More details will follow about how you can be involved in the Search, but in particular please hold Wednesday, April 18, 6:30  – 8:00 pm, for a Parent Forum in the Meetinghouse.
In Friendship,
John Gilliland
Clerk, Head of School Search Committee

Friday, April 6
Parent Coffee: Discover Grades 4-6, Corson Lobby, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Sixth Grade goes to Academy of Natural Sciences

Tuesday, April 10
Due: Online Sign-up for 4/13 Vacation Care

Wednesday, April 11
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:15 pm

Thursday, April 12
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Color Day!

Friday, April 13
Parent-Teacher Conferences, school closed for students
Extended Deadline for Yearbook Ads/Messages
Deadline for 2nd Grade “Blankets & Bucks” Donations
Vacation Care open (sign up with this google form by 4/10)

Saturday, April 14
ArtsFest!, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 19
Parent Forum for Head of School Search, Meetinghouse, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Friday, April 20 (Full Day of School)
Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Rescheduled), 8:30 – 11:15 am

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